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Chesapeake (South Norfolk) Historic District

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South Norfolk
Bounded by the Norfolk and Western tracks on the east, Lakeside Park and Truitt Junior High School on the south, Bainbridge Blvd. on the west, and an irregular edge from Poindexter St. to 16th St. on the north
  • Rogers-Cuthrell House (Jason R. Waicunas)

South Norfolk originated as a streetcar suburb of Norfolk, became an independent town in 1919, and then in 1963 joined Norfolk County in forming the City of Chesapeake. South Norfolk became known as Chesapeake. This area contains the highest concentration of historic structures in the City of Chesapeake and retains a distinct identity. The residential neighborhoods along Chesapeake, Rogers, and D streets are characterized by single-family dwellings uniformly set back from the street on well-shaded lots that were originally 25 feet in width. Houses represent the usual variety of pattern-book styles from 1880–1920. An exuberant example of the Queen Anne style can be seen in the two-and-one-half-story RogersCuthrell House ( ST1.1) (c. 1900; 1146 Rogers Street), which utilizes concrete block on the first story. The source for the design may be Knoxville, Tennessee, architect George P. Barber's various publications. The usual tower is attached, while at ground level, the porch is supported by classically inspired tapered columns.

The Dorothy Truitt Junior High School (South Norfolk High School) (1929, Benjamin F. Mitchell and Randolph, Cooke and Van Leeuwen; 1100 Holly Street, corner of Holly and Rogers streets) is a tame neoclassical design, of brick with almost flush cast stone details: water table, wall niches, pilasters, and entrance surrounds.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Chesapeake (South Norfolk) Historic District", [Chesapeake, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 460-460.

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